Covid fears for 10 suburbs as 'concerning' mistake revealed

NSW’s chief health officer has called out a mistake pub and restaurant patrons are making as she urged residents across multiple suburbs in Sydney’s southwest to get tested if the slightest of symptoms arise.

NSW recorded one locally acquired coronavirus case on Monday with NSW Health listing 10 suburbs where health authorities fear there is undetected community transmission.

The case, a child who had attended Flip Out Prestons Indoor Trampoline Park on October 25, had been reported in the media on Sunday.

A group of people at a pub. Source: AAP
NSW Health is calling on all hospitality patrons to sign in when they enter a venue. Source: AAP

Dr Kerry Chant said there was a “concerning” trend where contact tracers were struggling to acquire all the details of people who had visited a venue from management.

She said a scenario occurring was only one person on a table logging in as opposed to all the people present.

“If we have a situation where only one person on the table is logging in, that person then has to recall everyone there and find the mobile phone numbers which can be challenging,” she said.

“Everyone has a responsibility to log in.”

She said logging in with QR codes was preferred due to the speed in which data is collected.

One restaurant which failed to collect all details was Jasmins1 Lebanese Restaurant on Macquarie Street, Liverpool, with staff and patrons on October 25 from 2pm to 3.30pm urged to immediately come forward for testing.

Anyone at the restaurant for at least an hour at this time is considered a close contact and must get tested immediately and isolate for a full 14 days from exposure regardless of the result.

NSW Health reiterated containing the virus “requires hard work from everyone”.

“A critical part of that plan is that businesses are required to keep a record of all staff, patrons and contractors visiting their premises. It is an offence not to comply with the Public Health Order,” it said in a media statement.

There were six cases detected in hotel quarantine in the previous 24 hours.

Sydney suburbs urged to watch for symptoms:

  • West Hoxton

  • Hoxton Park

  • Middleton Grange

  • Horningsea Park

  • Carnes Hill

  • Edmondon Park

  • Denham Court

  • Prestons

  • Busby

  • Miller

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